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Where's My Bench Decorum?
January 17, 2008 - 9:02am



UD learned a new phrase at the NCAA convention: Bench Decorum. People who discuss bench decorum worry about the growing tendency of players, fans, and coaches to speak and behave in a vile manner during games.

Here's a recent, somewhat controversial, example, from the Georgetown University newspaper:

The cheer began just one minute 47 seconds into the game, when the University of Connecticut's A.J. Price stepped up to the foul line for his first free throw of the afternoon.

"Where's my laptop?" Georgetown students taunted in unison. They did not let up during any one of Price's game-high 11 free-throw attempts.

The students were, of course, alluding to Price's August 2005 arrest for the theft of four laptop computers on the UConn campus. Price, who was one of two players charged with the crime, ended up being suspended for the 2005-06 season and receiving 18 months of probation and 400 hours of community service.

Now, everywhere the Huskies play, students give him the same harsh treatment.

The article goes on to suggest that this cheer is not "classy," and that Georgetown students should strive to be classy.

UD is not so sure. At least in this instance. Hearing lots of people wonder about where the laptops went might be considered a mild supplemental form of punishment. Might have a deterrent effect.


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